Submissions for TINYWORDS 19.2 and a Writing Prompt

photo of a cathedral surrounded by plants under a blue sky, by sergio souza

Olivier Schopfer’s poem “sunlight on a crow’s wings” closed out another issue of TINYWORDS. Now is your chance. The submission window for TINYWORDS 19.2 opened on August 1.

The entire month of August is the time to send us your small poems or brief haibun for the new issue of TINYWORDS 19.2. We have already received quite a few submissions. Thank you.

Sending work to TINYWORDS is a simple two-step process. Just check out our Guidelines and click on the Submissions Page from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2019. One month window, as usual.

To keep things interesting while we work on the new issue, we present a photo in search of a poem. This image of an abandoned church in a field is the current challenge. Why not pen a tiny original poem or two in response to this glimpse of the past or is it present or maybe future? Leave your best efforts in the comment box below and the TINYWORDS editorial team will share the best of the best in TINYWORDS 19.2, due out in late September 2019.

Thanks again for dropping by. We look forward to reading what you have to say.

156 Responses

  1. Paul David Mena Says:

    abandoned church —
    ghosts watch over
    the harvest

  2. Adelaide B. Shaw Says:

    abandoned church
    withered prayers lost
    in a dying field

    Adelaide B. Shaw

  3. Kath Abela Wilson Says:

    childhood home
    my tricycle tracks
    still draw a circle

  4. Adelaide B. Shaw Says:

    abandoned church
    withered prayers lost
    in a dying field

  5. Robyn Josephs Says:

    All returns to earth.
    What seeds we plant,
    Grow the spirit.

  6. Robyn Josephs Says:

    A secret church
    enfolded in green
    Grows the spirit.

  7. margarethsieh Says:

    fertile clouds
    on cornfield contrails
    the signatures
    of neither gods nor aliens

  8. Alan S Bridges Says:

    in withered corn
    the straight lines
    of the cross

  9. Michael H. Lester Says:

    even here
    in the middle of nowhere
    salvation

  10. Mike Schoenburg Says:

    dried corn stalks
    lead to the door
    with religion no more 🌽💒

  11. Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo Says:

    circles in the grass

    around and around the sound

    of a silent bell

  12. Robert Kingston Says:

    maize maze
    a child rings
    the harvest bell

  13. Michael Schoenburg Says:

    stale church
    graces the old cornfield
    as the sun sets~~~🌅

  14. Fractled Says:

    the echo

    of many prayers

    a witch hunt

  15. poetnessa Says:

    Whoever made these crop circles
    left behind
    an old church

  16. Garry Eaton Says:

    even here
    in the middle of nowhere
    fake news

  17. Garry Eaton Says:

    empty church
    on an Iowa farm
    ears of corn

  18. Robert Kingston Says:

    maize festival
    a familiar ring
    in the campfire pot

  19. Fractled Says:

    a narrow path

    finally an opening

    from darkness

  20. batsword Says:

    still standing
    holiness within an
    unbroken circle

  21. Marita Says:

    beside an old church
    the path
    of least resistance

  22. SE Gifford Says:

    Autumn corn crowns the
    fields. Golden light. No peasants
    in this kingdom.

  23. Nan Bagwell Payne Says:

    in the middle
    of nowhere
    once upon a time

  24. Jim Says:

    Bell tower pokes sky
    To spring a leak for brown grass
    — working together

  25. Robert Kingston Says:

    unsung melody
    a few dried seeds
    in the beggar’s pot

  26. Jacquie Pearce Says:

    still circling
    my childhood beliefs
    autumn wind

  27. c. mehrhoff Says:

    nailed it.

  28. Alan Summers Says:

    You were right. :-)

  29. Olivier Schopfer Says:

    forgotten church

    a prayer book

    gathers dust

  30. Robert Kingston Says:

    ghost moon
    the wind turns the pages
    in the hymn book

  31. Judith Hishikawa Says:

    food
    over
    abandoned faith

  32. Marjie Fitterer Says:

    circling around and around
    no answers or clues
    so I departed

  33. Thom Norgang Says:

    weddings
    funerals
    still praying for rain

  34. Olivier Schopfer Says:

    forgotten church
    a prayer book
    gathering dust

  35. Sylvia Forges-ryan Says:

    circling the old church
    a maize of questions
    that have no answers

  36. Sylvia Forges-Ryan Says:

    circling the old church
    a maze of questions
    that have no answers

  37. martin1223 Says:

    abandoned church
    only the shadow in grass tracks

  38. Joanne Morcom Says:

    prairie dusk
    the tumbledown church
    leans into it

  39. Sam Bateman Says:

    the heartland
    all around it
    vacant church

  40. Ron Scully Says:

    withered country church
    surrounded by godforsaken stalks
    worshippers left tracts

  41. Arlene Teck Says:

    God
    so loved the world
    tundra

    homage to haiku poet Cor van den Heuvel

  42. c. mehrhoff Says:

    sweet. strong. perfect.

  43. Debbie Feller Says:

    step outside
    your door
    a harvest awaits

  44. Ingrid Baluchi Says:

    abandoned
    faith
    in a maize field

  45. Joanne van Helvoort Says:

    the field
    without flowers
    the church empty

  46. D.V.Rozic Says:

    on pilgrimage –
    a soaring eagle above
    the rustle of prayer

  47. Grace Galton Says:

    wasteland…
    in the church belfry
    a whistling wind

  48. Alan Summers Says:

    sundown’s flower
    a child becomes mother
    becomes griever

    Alan Summers

  49. Radostina Dragostinova Says:

    loneliness
    the place
    we build a home

  50. Paul Storm Says:

    a crow's nest –
    on holy ground –
    I have no time to pray

  51. Alan Summers Says:

    dumped by a lover
    I tell the cloud instead
    it wasn’t me

    Alan Summers

  52. Helen Buckingham Says:

    at the epicentre a church

  53. michaelhenrylee Says:

    restless wind
    at ease in the object of
    my affections

  54. th. vandergrau Says:

    church ruin
    the weeds whisper
    in the pews

  55. Ingrid Baluchi Says:

    taking refuge
    within —
    harvest mice

  56. michaelhenrylee Says:

    cicada shell
    interconnected with
    the emptiness

  57. Blessed Ayeyame Says:

    abandoned church
    a wild weed blooms
    on the altar

  58. Ingrid Baluchi Says:

    last stand
    wondering where
    the pub was

  59. Joanne van Helvoort Says:

    Thanksgiving
    on the bedside table
    a Gideon bible

  60. c. mehrhoff Says:

    all heaven stirs within.
    ineffable.

  61. Peggy Bilbro Says:

    circling again
    the path
    of history

    Peggy Hale Bilbro

  62. Helen Buckingham Says:

    faith
    without a tractor
    intractable

  63. michaelhenrylee Says:

    stubble field
    the prosperity gospel
    no one's buying

  64. Laurie Greer Says:

    country church
    cross breeding
    faith

  65. Peggy_T Says:

    pink sundown sky
    late light on the field
    the church's wall still warm

  66. Claudette Russell Says:

    abandoned church
    still filled with prayers
    waiting to be answered

  67. Laurie Greer Says:

    August wedding
    a double ring
    ceremony

  68. Claudette Russell Says:

    many years later
    struggling to find the beliefs
    I abandoned

  69. Claudette Russell Says:

    the emptiness
    of prayers
    unanswered

  70. Elaine Wilburt Says:

    empty
    the hymns remain
    in the people

  71. Laurie Greer Says:

    plainchant
    the offerings
    of burnt clay

  72. Susan Rogers Says:

    long abandoned church
    the face of a prophet
    in peeling paint

  73. Dennise Aiello Says:

    searching for God…
    down the path without
    an end

  74. Sam Bateman Says:

    with all the whys
    and wherefores
    cornfield church

  75. Bart Greene Says:

    a child’s toy chapel
    decaying in gorse
    the child now a man

  76. Bart Greene Says:

    a child’s toy chapel
    decaying amid the gorse
    the child now a man

  77. Billy Antonio Says:

    failed marriage
    the bells remain
    silent

  78. Helen Buckingham Says:

    the lengths we go to for redemption

  79. Robert Kingston Says:

    behind the clock a draft

  80. wisdomwork Says:

    Out of left field
    Barefoot
    Damned LEGO

  81. michaelhenrylee Says:

    ash wednesday
    dirt devils skip across
    old church road

  82. Claudette Russell Says:

    in grandpa's field
    our family history
    continues to grow

  83. Anna Goluba Says:

    Once filled with humansong
    Now with birdsong…
    The old church

  84. Helen Buckingham Says:

    to
    the belfry
    and beyond

  85. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Helen – hahahahaha!

    marion

  86. Helen Buckingham Says:

    Cheers, Marion!

  87. Anna Goluba Says:

    Once
    You could find
    The crucifix there;
    Now – a bird's nest…
    Abandoned church

  88. Claudette Russell Says:

    finding a path
    out of loneliness
    and memories of my past

  89. Marie Louise Munro Says:

    cornstalks
    where the parishioners once sat
    all ears

  90. Marie Louise Munro Says:

    abandoned church
    in the middle
    of a crop circle . .
    will the worshippers
    ever return?

  91. Kumarendra Mallick Says:

    abandoned church –
    we still sing in praise
    of the Lord

  92. Adjei Agyei-Baah Says:

    farmhouse church
    the withering and greening
    of our faith

  93. Anjali Warhadpande Says:

    how many prayers
    still echo silently
    from these forsaken walls?

  94. Helen Buckingham Says:

    beyond the burning bush

  95. Claudette Russell Says:

    miracle—
    encircled by my loneliness
    you find me

  96. th. vandergrau Says:

    small talk
    a congregation of birds
    in the belfry

  97. Laurie Greer Says:

    rapture…
    the sky
    almost clear

  98. Nadejda Kostadinova Says:

    so many

    different circles

    in the field of life

    keeping them all straight

    the faith

  99. F. J. Bergmann Says:

    inside the circle
    hallowed ground still green
    frozen time

  100. Robert Kingston Says:

    his last job
    covering the debt
    for mankind

  101. janewilliams Says:

    found church
    the new settlers
    plant around it

  102. janewilliams Says:

    prodigal daughter
    I circle Father's house
    again and again
    scattering these seeds
    of poems

  103. Robert Kingston Says:

    a mission
    to save mankind
    left in its tracks

  104. Carley Says:

    bells are ringing
    even the old stairs
    smell festive

  105. jenniferedwards Says:

    Grass grooved from

    grieving girls who left;

    I circle back

    but can’t enter quietly

  106. Patti Niehoff Says:

    around and around
    the abandoned church
    path without end

  107. Rich Schilling Says:

    a cross
    in the horizon
    someone i used to know

  108. Robert Kingston Says:

    halo sun
    the young sing hallelujah
    into the night

  109. Bart Greene Says:

    toy chapel waiting
    for the boy who left it there
    he is now a man

  110. Mark C. Childs Says:

    Ogallala corn
    steeple without a prayer
    hoping for rainbows

  111. Mark C. Childs Says:

    Scarecrow sanctuary
    last relic of communion
    Bots farm the prairie

  112. lucia cardillo Says:

    circling around
    to futile issues …
    empty soul

  113. lucia cardillo Says:

    ghost church …
    a circle of fears
    in my mind

  114. dl mattila Says:

    wind rumors

    an abandoned church

    empty vessel

  115. Ronald K. Craig Says:

    abandoned church
    an old rugged cross
    atop the steeple

  116. Ronald K. Craig Says:

    abandoned church
    bird song
    lifts the rafters

  117. Frances Jones Says:

    a thread of telephone line
    pulling the past
    over the horizon

  118. RobertaBeachJacobson Says:

    homophonic
    church music
    of the birds

  119. Sam Bateman Says:

    where people
    once worshipped
    families of mice

  120. Robert Kingston Says:

    helter skelter
    left on the fence
    a tattered mat

  121. Helen Buckingham Says:

    at the bottom of the tank a monument to man

  122. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    organ base notes
    the wind still cries
    Mary

  123. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    strange stillness . . .
    so many believe
    in crop circles

  124. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    old scarecrow field stubble becomes a small mouse

  125. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    unharvested-
    all those prayers
    swirling around

  126. Autumn Noelle Hall Says:

    GMO's
    monoculture–what price
    for these sins?

  127. Autumn Noele Hall Says:

    under His eye
    the round-about ways
    of errant priests

  128. ghittmeyer Says:

    a timeless power
    our ancestor's prayers
    infuse sacred land

  129. Robert kingston Says:

    stained glass window
    she asks what year
    god was born

  130. Autumn Noelle Hall Says:

    415 ppm
    the Anasazi, too
    prayed for rain

  131. Robert Kingston Says:

    the crop still bowing to the Holy Ghost

  132. Laurie Greer Says:

    cornfield
    its endless tasseling
    with the sky

  133. André Wong Says:

    a sound
    from heaven
    church in the field

  134. tillybud Says:

    Crop circle church
    Aliens meet God
    No one knows

  135. Connie Jordan Green Says:

    only the sky
    attends
    this old church

    only wild grass
    to whisper
    a prayer

    who but birds
    sing
    in the choir?

  136. Robert Kingston Says:

    layer by layer
    a sermon
    losing track

  137. Tomislav Sjekloća Says:

    desolate church
    woodworms nibbling
    olden confessions

  138. Tomislav Sjekloća Says:

    stuttering
    I save my confession
    for the casket

  139. Connie Jordan Green Says:

    something in the grass
    tracks toward infinity—
    church waits in silence

  140. Paul Latham Says:

    two crosses mark emphemeral architecture, entombed among corn
    and cornflower blue sky and
    crumbling to eternity.

  141. Victor Ortiz Says:

    left behind
    in a crop circle
    an empty church

  142. Victor Ortiz Says:

    in a whorl of earth sky a hollow church

  143. Adrian Bouter Says:

    dropping popcorn he mutters jesus

  144. Adrian Bouter Says:

    hallowed ground a sea of corn

  145. Adrian Bouter Says:

    almost overgrown temple food for thought

  146. Adrian Bouter Says:

    all prays for rain this little church my heart

  147. Scott Packer Says:

    eroded motte
    bailey of weeds –
    faith reaching for heaven

  148. Seren Fargo Says:

    always the doubter
    even a photo of the church
    seems fabricated

  149. Victor Ortiz Says:

    in a whorl of earthsky a hollow church

  150. Scott Packer Says:

    eroded motte
    bailey of weeds-
    faith still reaching for heaven

  151. Brian Says:

    anonymity-
    the entire sky balanced
    atop a steeple

  152. Don Miller Says:

    season
    after season
    circling the field
    cultivating
    his faith

  153. Neelam Dadhwal Says:

    reminding dreams⁠—
    the one that is
    life

  154. Juan De Pascuale Says:

    lost in the labyrinth
    of modern life
    desperate souls
    seek shelter
    in abandoned churches

  155. kenny jack Says:

    shepherd’s dismay
    the gathered flocks
    seek only corn

  156. Jamie Wimberly Says:

    inside out
    prayers to the saint of lost things
    flying with crows

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